蕭壠文化園區Siao-Long Cultural Park
臺南現場 - 政治符碼On locations, TAINAN – Political codes
Venue: Siao-Long Cultural Park, Gallery A4-2
“On Locations, Tainan” of the 2018 Taiwan International Foto Festival (TiFF) focuses on the local life in Xibei (north of Zengwun River). The “Salt Region” is the alias of this place, meaning that people living in this junction of the ocean and the land are working hard to make a living and struggling against the barren natural environment, and such hard life builds the diligent, humble, and persistent characters of local people.
People often say let politics be politics and let art be art; however, politics is ubiquitous and closely related to people. Especially in the process of Taiwan’s democracy, we went from a colony with no autonomy to going through dictatorship, the White Terror, the imposing and lifting of martial law, local elections and general elections of the national leader. Democratic movements stormed all the way from the streets to the Legislative Yuan. After several party alternations, Taiwan’s political field has finally entered into a relatively calm status. But what is politics in Taiwan? The artist uses a peaceful tone to present politics, people, and state with codes.
Rising star Chen I-Hsuen drew his attention to the advertising boards of election participants on the roadside. This year happens to be the election year, and at every corner is an image board of local participants. Election photos themselves are mostly mundane and dull in Taiwan, but in the eyes of the photographer, the photos intertwining with surrounding environments, the supported scaffolds, fast-growing vines covering the boards, and the tilted bamboo racks after typhoon constitute an alternative political show.
This year, TiFF also works with the Gwangju Museum of Art for the first time. Artist Lee Saehyun was also invited to the “2018 Gwangju Biennale”; he uses dynamic intrusions such as throwing rocks to interact with the historical venues in the background. The camera freezes the moment of intrusion and presents the space-time relationship that is “both historical and contemporary”. Lee’s works allow historical fields carrying stories to conduct a dialogue crossing time and space, and reflect mankind’s violence, aggressiveness and conflicting desires through historical venues.
With the collaboration of artists, innovative photographical works are used as the subject to link Tainan’s history, geography, and culture with various spaces to present a clearer and more vivid contemporary Tainan.